16 responses

  1. Mike
    January 23, 2010

    Good writeup – feel free to browse my blog prior to your next visit – I’ve been to most of the “best” in Columbus and elsewhere and those Macarons at Pistachia – yep, better than almost anywhere in the US.

  2. Jen
    January 24, 2010

    Thanks for visiting Columbus! We do have a lot of great food here. Next time try Alana’s or Rigsby’s Kitchen. Two of my favorites.

  3. Jim
    January 24, 2010

    Minor correction for people wanting those macarons.


    Pistacia Vera

    And a “few” other places to visit: Jeni’s Ice Cream, Alana’s, Deepwood, Rigsbys, G. Michaels, Lindys, Basi Italia, Surly Girl Saloon, Starliner Diner, Pattycake Bakery, Taco Trucks and more.

  4. Rick
    January 24, 2010

    Thanks for visiting our fare city, and for taking in some of the finer fare. The food in Columbus, and those who prepare it, are might talented. As Jen noted above, the “star” of the scene is The Refectory, which could be plopped down in France and fit in just fine alongside its native neighbors.

    That said, you did get to experience a wonderful array of our city’s best–tell more friends and come and play in Columbus.

  5. Chris
    January 24, 2010

    Jim – Thanks for the correction. I changed it in the post. I did get to try Jeni’s at the North Market – delicious!

    Thanks also for these other suggestions. Now I’ve got a list for next time!

  6. Jennifer B.
    January 25, 2010

    Those written here and the suggestions in the comments are only the tip of the iceberg. Columbus is a hotbed for foodies, which sometimes still surprises even me as a three-year resident.

    I’ll second (and third and fourth) all the others who suggested Alana’s – she is notorious for using local fare and shops daily (almost?) at The North Market for her produce and meats. You might also check out Basi – it’s a TINY place with one of the best patios in Columbus. (Their fare is Italian, which I always find “okay” but others rave about it so I’m headed back soon.)

    And at the risk of making this post as long as the blog, I’ll stop with one more rec. The Top for steak. It’s a throw-back to the Sinatra-era and you can still see the women in their finest and men in suits, sipping gin martinis, fine wines and scotch.

  7. TJ
    January 25, 2010

    Another skeptic converted! I felt the same way you did, Chris, when I moved to C-bus two years ago. I thought this was a backwater burg with no personality–boy was I wrong!

    Why does Columbus have such a poor reputation?

  8. Chris
    January 25, 2010

    TJ – There’s a good discussion about Columbus’ reputation on the Columbus Underground website, where some people who live there are talking about my post. http://www.columbusunderground.com/forums/topic/eating-through-columbus

    I’m not sure that Columbus has a poor reputation, per se – it’s that it has “no” reputation and doesn’t appear on most peoples’ radar. For ex., I knew more about Cleveland and Cincinnati becuase I’ve met people from there – and because they have football teams (lame, I know).

  9. Amber
    January 25, 2010

    Glad you had a good time. Hopefully your stay will be longer next time and you can experience some other great Columbus eats!

  10. Mollie
    January 28, 2010

    You didn’t try Jeni’s Ice Cream for dessert?! For shame!

  11. Chris
    January 28, 2010

    Mollie – I did get Jeni’s, at the Market.

  12. Jcancan
    April 19, 2010

    A few highlights for your next trip


    Short North/Downtown
    Barrio-fish tacos, donuts…..just a great spot
    Flatiron -Gumbo
    Due Amici
    Rossi-Lamp Lollipops, Grilled Caesar, Pizza, Chocolate bomb
    Burgundy Room-fried risotto
    Betty’s-Monday Mac N Cheese, Sunday Brunch,
    Lemon Grass

    German Village
    G Michaels
    Lindeys-lamp chops, Bisque
    Thurmans-rings and Thurman Burger
    Banana Bean

    Vino Vino
    Z Cucina

    Ocean Club

    Campus/North High
    Hang Over-Easy
    Denise ice cream-Better than Jenis any day
    Worthington Inn

  13. Bryan
    November 6, 2011

    You are doing yourself a great disservice if you do not go to two of my favorite places to eat. My spanish in-laws who have travelled most of the hispanic world thought the food at the “Spain Restaurant” (now in Powell) was amongst the best they have had. And the “Hunan Gourmet” (East Main St in Whitehall) is consistently the best chinese food that I’ve had in the US. Try either, or both, and you will not be disapointed or hungry afterward. In addition to excellent food, both restaurants offer excellent service and a fair selection of drinks.

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